PLAYING THE PONIES

Sam Houston Race Park selections for Friday, Jan. 10

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Here are my selections for opening night at Sam Houston Race Park. These are not meant to be in exact order, but merely the four horses I think have the best chance to win. For beginners, I suggest exacta boxes with three horses, using two of mine and one of your own. And you can always pick up a copy of Acing Racing 2016 to learn everything you need to know. (These are the picks and format that are available on the free tip sheet at SHRP). We will be doing The Blitz from 4-7 at the track so please drop by.

FIRST
5-2-8-3
JERSEY CUT will be a short price but class plunge puts her in the mix

SECOND
7-5-3-6
California shipper EXCAVATION has been in tough out West and works here are solid

THIRD
5-7-3-12
LADY SHAMAN has solid works for a barn that has a lot of win early runners

FOURTH
1-8-12-10
JAZZ MUSIC gets back to a sensible level and should be competitive here

FIFTH
11-4-2-8
VALID DECISION has a good record over the surface and could surprise here

SIXTH

6-2-3-5
CATKINS might be better if this is off the turf, but contender either way

SEVENTH
6-9-8-11
DARK ARDEN was competitive on a tough circuit and fits well here

EIGHTH
9-6-2-8
SILVER CITY TRICK has been knocking heads with tough runners in Oklahoma

NINTH
3-8-1-2
FLEETA BELLE has been close in last two and might break through here

TENTH
4-6-11-1

DOC'S CLASS ACT faced a couple tough fields in Oklahoma; fits well here



Bigger Picture won Sunday's Connally Turf Cup. Coady photography

Here are my selections for Sunday at Sam Houston Race Park for the special racing festival card. There will not be a better racing card in America today. There are several terrific races and high quality animals. It is a day you should enjoy. These selections are not meant to be in exact order, but merely the four horses I think have the best chance to win. For beginners, I suggest exacta boxes with three horses, using two of mine and one of your own. And you can always pick up a copy of Acing Racing 2016 to learn everything you need to know. (These are the picks and format that are available on the free tip sheet at SHRP).

FIRST

1-5-4-6
EMPIRE OF GOLD chased a nice runner in last and should be in the mix


SECOND
5-3-8-10
GRAY HOPE has some nice efforts over the turf course


THIRD
2-9-4-5
BOLD LEGEND has a pair of sharp efforts coming in and looks tough


FOURTH
1-3-7-5
THREE DEE FLAG has faced top company and should bounce back


FIFTH
4-1-11-10
FAST BOAT has two sharp efforts over difficult courses

SIXTH
6-5-4-1
MR MONEY BAGS is in good form and loves this surface


SEVENTH

4-7-1-11
BILLY BATS rates a slim edge in a wide open, talented group


EIGHTH
5-4-1-6
MYLADY CURLIN is a win machine but this is a tough group


NINTH
12-10-2-7
BEMMA'S BOY should be a nice price for a trainer who owns this race


TENTH

2-11-6-5

WINNING ENVELOPE caught yielding turf last two; should be better on a good track


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